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Texas HS baseball team to resume after suspension over hazing allegations

A Texas high school baseball team that suspended activity Jan. 31 due to hazing allegations announced it would resume Tuesday.
The Huntington High School (Texas) team faced “allegations of inappropriate contact, including hazing and possible assault, among various members,” Huntington ISD Superintendent David Flowers told KTRE9 in a statement.
The school principal learned of the accusations Jan. 24. The program was suspended a week later as an investigation was underway.
On Tuesday, the district released a statement saying baseball would resume and players had been punished.

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“From the evidence gathered, the District was able to make disciplinary placement decisions removing the offending students from the regular education campus and from participation in all extracurricular activities,” a statement to KTRE9 said.
The press release also said Josh Colvert will take on head coach duties, replacing second-year coach Richard Martinez.
According to the Lufkin Daily News, a parent complained to the principal that her son was being bullied. She also mentioned that players had told her there was hazing and bullying in the locker room.
Specific allegations about the incident were not divulged.

VIDEO: Four-star WR Jermaine Burton Jr. shakes down DB, blows him a kiss

Jermaine Burton Jr. is one of the nation’s top wide receiver prospects. A 6-foot-1, 193-pound speedster from Calabasas (Calif.) High School with elite shiftiness, Burton holds scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Miami, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and 15 other major programs. He’s also always been a likely invitee to The Opening Finals. If anything, that became even more of a fait accompli after his performance at The Opening Regionals.

Blew the DB a KISS @dbassassin13 @TheOpening
— Overtime (@overtime) February 11, 2019

That’s Burton completely pantsing an elite defensive back by crossing him up to get a step, exploding to the outside to create space and distance and then literally blowing a kiss to his now vanquished foe.
The bit of flair at the sign off speaks volumes about Burton’s supreme self-confidence and talent. It’s emblematic of his Odell Beckham-esque talent and impact on prep games. Heck, his Twitter handle is @dbassassin13. ‘Nuff said.
He’s made the journey from public school to IMG Academy and back again, and now is ready to show his ability to excel on the field as a senior … likely starting with plenty more dominant one-on-one performances at The Opening, the next time on a national stage.

SC pastor accused of sexually assaulting student before HS sporting event

A South Carolina pastor was arrested Friday on accusations of sexually assaulting a student in a concession stand before an athletic event, according to WSPA.
Lorenzo Renard Washington, 49, was charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor 14-16 years of age and second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 years of age.
The alleged incident occurred on Jan. 22 “prior to a school athletic event,” according to a Spartanburg School District Six statement sent to WSPA.
Washington was accused of touching a student under the age of 16 at Dorman High School (Roebuck, S.C.) over her clothes and kissing her after school hours, according to The State.

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The victim immediately reported the incident, according to Fox Carolina. Washington had an initial interview Monday and was then arrested Friday.
He has denied all allegations.
Washington is the pastor at Mt. Hill Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of Dorman’s booster club for three years.
He posted a $20,000 bond Saturday, according to Fox Carolina. He is required to wear a GPS tracker.
Additionally, Washington has been barred from school functions, according to The State.

Player hospitalized after fight at Tennessee high school boys basketball game

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A fight after a boys basketball game between Adamsville and Scotts Hill left one player hospitalized Tuesday.
The brawl broke out as players were shaking hands. Spectators from the stands also came down onto the court and were involved.
Adamsville Principal Steve Killingsworth confirmed the incident via email and said a member of the Adamsville basketball team was taken to the hospital.
“The administrations of Adamsville and Scotts Hill are working together with local law enforcement and the TSSAA to investigate the incident,” Killingsworth said in the email. “Appropriate action will be taken once the investigation is complete.”

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Scotts Hill Principal Beverly Ivy declined to comment until the investigation was completed.
After a last-second shot by Scotts Hill to win, as three Lions players began celebrating and started to form a line to shake hands, an Adamsville player swung at a Scotts Hill player, according to the referee’s incident report filed with the TSSAA.
The report states that players started running toward one another after that swing, while coaches, fans, staff and parents were trying to separate them.
One official observed an Adamsville player lying on the ground near the Scotts Hill bench. The same official observed a Scotts Hill player walk toward the Adamsville player from the baseline side of the gym and kick the Adamsville player twice, according to the referee’s report. The referees didn’t know how the Adamsville player got on the floor, but it looked like the Adamsville player was having a seizure.
The Adamsville player was taken via ambulance to a hospital in Savannah, but he was alert and communicating.
The incident comes 11 days after three brawls happened during basketball games in Memphis, which included four boys basketball teams being suspended from postseason play for two years. Three of the four schools are appealing that decision.
Read the full report at the Jackson Sun.

Southern Miss football recruited former HS standout without telling school of past rape allegations

As a senior at Coppell High School (Texas) in 2015, Charles West was accused of raping two women at knifepoint in separate incidents, according to Dallas News.
He was given probation and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after both women “had a hard time testifying in front of her attacker.”
West had been committed to BYU but never enrolled. He attended Garden City Community College instead.
In January, he spoke to Southern Mississippi about joining the Golden Eagles, according to SBNation and The Athletic.
The coaching staff did not notify the school about his background, both outlets reported.

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According to SBNation, West signed grant-in-aid papers and was told by football staff to move to campus.
He was on campus in January looking at housing and expected to begin classes on Jan. 24, the Athletic reported.
Only when his academic eligibility came to question did staff find the Dallas News article about the rape allegations and probation. According to the Athletic, West was then denied admission.
Southern Miss was his only offer, according to 247Sports. West rushed for 1,492 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games in 2018.
The Athletic reported that West isn’t the only person with connections to sexual assault that Southern Miss has spoken to recently without notifying university staff beforehand.
The outlet said Jay Hopson and staff recently interviewed Art Briles, the former Baylor head coach who oversaw the team in which 31 different players were accused of at least 52 sexual assaults over a five-year period, according to a 2017 lawsuit.

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Arizona HS football coach arrested on suspicion of luring a minor for sex

Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, Ariz.) football coach Vince Ciliberti was arrested in Mesa Friday on suspicion of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.
Ciliberti was arrested in Mesa on suspicion of one count of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual contact with a minor, according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents.
Vincent Ciliberti (Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)
Records indicate Ciliberti was communicating with an undercover police officer at the time of his arrest. Ciliberti reportedly thought the officer was a 14-year-old boy and stated through instant messaging he wanted to have a sexual relationship with the boy, records said.
Police then apprehended Ciliberti at a Mesa location where he had agreed to meet the minor for sex, records said.
Ciliberti was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear for a hearing on Feb. 14.
The Deer Valley Unified School District confirmed Ciliberti’s arrest in an email to The Arizona Republic.
Ciliberti, 35, a math teacher, led the football team the last two seasons. He was placed on paid administrative leave by the school district, according to Monica Allread, spokeswoman for the the district.

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Allread sent The Republic a copy of the letter that was sent to the parents and guardians of football players on Sunday, addressing Ciliberti’s arrest. She said that was all the information the district was able to share.
The letter states:

Dear Mountain Ridge Parents and Guardians,
There is some information that we feel is important to share with you to maintain transparent communication as we work together to ensure a safe and secure school community. The Deer Valley Unified School District was notified by the Tempe Police Department that MRHS teacher Vincent Ciliberti has been arrested. He has worked and coached football at MRHS for one and a half years. Pending further information, Mountain Ridge Administration and DVUSD Human Resources staff will ensure that all teaching and coaching duties are covered by properly certified staff. The Police investigation is ongoing, and we are cooperating fully with investigators. DVUSD Human Resources is following all legal procedures during this investigation. This staff member passed all of the required background checks during the hiring process including the fingerprint clearance check. We do not have any additional information at this time. If you have any information that would be important for police to know, please contact the Tempe Police Department directly. If we learn of information that will further impact our school or your student’s education, we will send out another letter.

Ciliberti was hired in 2016 to replace Bobby Green as head football coach at Mountain Ridge. He was previously the offensive coordinator at Pinnacle (Phoenix), where he had been part of Dana Zupke’s program since 2003.
Ciliberti’s two Mountain Ridge teams went 2-8 in 2017 and 0-10 in 2018.
Reporter Perry Vandell contributed to this report. 

Navigating the college recruiting process on your own? Here's how one athlete did it

Halfway through the club season two years ago, Trinity Corney noticed teammates on a Norco Volleyball under-15 team and opponents were getting bigger and stronger. The games were becoming far more competitive.
Girls weren’t playing volleyball for fun anymore. They were all trying to attract the attention of college coaches, hoping to secure an athletic scholarship to help cover some, or all, of the rising costs of a college education.
It wasn’t so much the money, though, that motivated Corney.
She simply wanted to keep playing the game she loved through high school and maybe even at the college level. After all, her mother, Jodi (Niswender) Brinkley, had played at Penn State, where her team twice went to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament and advanced to the title match in 1997.
“Before, it was an option, but I was still a little bit too young,” Trinity said.
Now, just 15 years old, she finds herself in the middle of the complex and often confusing ecosystem of college recruiting.
College coaches could watch her play, evaluate her talent and talk to her high school and club coaches. But they were forbidden by the NCAA and other bodies governing college sports from speaking to her.
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Some left word with her club coach that they were interested. Some followed up with postcards and letters sent to her home. Others emailed Norco Volleyball club director Cathy Mahaffey and Trinity’s coaches with invitations to elite camps where they could get a closer look.
To get the attention of many of the colleges Trinity wanted to take a closer look at, she had to make the initial contact.
So with the help of her mother and a website designer who works with several Norco Volleyball families, she set up her own website, complete with biographical, academic and athletic information. She posted highlight videos for coaches to watch.
Trinity sent emails with links to that website to as many as 100 of the more than 1,800 schools in the country with college volleyball programs. She maintained a spreadsheet of which schools and coaches she talked to and what each had to say. She kept track of where other prospects were committing, making sure schools she was interested in still had a spot for a 6-foot-2 middle blocker and right-side hitter.
“The process is extremely overwhelming,” Jodi said. “And when you’re looking at the map of the United States, and you think, ‘Where do I want to go to school?’ I think you have to have some kind of connection to narrow your search.”

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Jodi was familiar with the dozens of recruiting services available to families like hers. But she felt it was better for her daughter to rely upon the resources available through her club director and coaches, high school coach and Jodi’s connections. Trinity had been playing volleyball in the Norco program since she was 10, and her coach at Fort Collins High School, Jared Rudiger, talks to college coaches just about daily as a national director of volleyball for Triple Crown Sports, which puts on some of the largest showcase events in the country.
Trinity’s under-17 Norco Black team is one of 578 high-level club teams scheduled to participate in the Triple Crown NIT, the nation’s largest showcase event, Feb. 16-18 in Kansas City. Rudiger, who runs the tournament, said teams will play matches on 69 courts at one location and seven courts at a nearby facility. More than 550 coaches, representing 245 NCAA Division I schools and 82 schools at the Division II, NAIA and junior college level had registered to attend the event as of Tuesday, Rudiger said.
Not all will see Trinity play. But hundreds of coaches will, just as they did at last year’s Triple Crown NIT, the Junior Olympic national championships and a handful of other club tournaments.
Some already knew who Trinity was, thanks to those emails she had sent out.

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College coaches start building their recruiting lists on what they see from 13- to 16-year-olds on the club circuit, Rudiger said. Some fill their recruiting classes with early commitments from players who are just starting high school despite NCAA rule changes designed to delay those scholarship offers and commitments until the athletes are older, Colorado State University coach Tom Hilbert said.
“The rules are being designed to say that we cannot start recruiting a kid until they’re in high school, and if every coach would do that, it would be great,” Hilbert said. “But we all know that’s not going to happen. … You go through the entire Big Ten right now, and of those 14 teams, at least 10 of them are done recruiting through the class of 2021. It’s crazy.”
Trinity’s class was the first in which college coaches were restricted from contacting prospects until Sept. 1 of their junior year of high school, Jodi said. So she and her family had to pare down her list of options despite limited communication with the colleges themselves.
Rudiger, with his extensive contacts, was a huge help, she said, as were Mahaffey, Norco coach Scott Swanson and former CSU All-American Angela Knopf. They each had an extensive network of contacts they tapped into in an effort to help Trinity find the right fit.
“You have to be pretty diligent and consistent on using your resources,” Jodi said.
Although Jodi had been through college recruitment herself 25 years earlier, she wanted to make sure Trinity was the one making every important decision along the way.
“It’s her decision, it’s her life, it’s her future,” said Jodi, a district manager for The Buckle clothing stores. “… I think because I experienced it personally, I knew how much commitment it takes and, yes, she’s got to make that decision. She’s got to be the one who is happy with her decision.”
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The breakthrough for Trinity came last summer, while she and her Fort Collins High teammates were attending a team camp at the University of Wyoming. Rudiger had told Wyoming coach Chad Callihan and his assistants — who were also recruiting Fort Collins High libero Erika Jones — to keep an eye on Trinity.
“I said, ‘Put her on your radar, watch her during camp,’” Rudiger said. “And sure enough, there was a session where Trinity just played lights out in a practice drill.
“Sure enough, the ball got rolling from there.”
A week later, Wyoming invited her to Laramie for an official recruiting visit on Sept. 1, the first day they could host a high school junior.
“That’s when I really knew this is the place I was meant to be, because it’s far enough away from home but still close,” Trinity said. “I met all the girls, and they were absolutely amazing, super welcoming, everything like that.”

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She gave the Cowgirls a verbal commitment Sept. 6 and hasn’t wavered since. She can’t officially sign a letter of intent with Wyoming until this fall, during her senior year of high school.
“I’m so proud of her and so excited for her,” Jodi said. “And now, she gets to really just continue to grow her skill set to play at Wyoming and have a great junior and great senior year of high school. It’s pretty exciting.”

UPSC CDS 1 Answer Key 2019, 3rd Feb Ques Papers Expected Cut Off

UPSC CDS 1 Answer Key 2019, 3rd Feb Ques Papers Expected Cut Off:
UPSC CDS (I) 2019 Answers Key Set-wise (Set A / Set B / Set C / Set C) in PDF File: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) shall Release within 02 Weeks the Provisional Answers Key in order of Set A, Set B, Set C & Set D in Portable Document Format File (PDFF) for the Test Question Paper Booklet (TQPB) of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) – 2019 being conducted on the 3rd Date of February 2019.
UPSC CDS 1 Answer Key 2019

The Union Public Service Commission will Upload on the Official Website the Answers Key for the CDS Exam (I) 2019 Set-wise.  The Candidates shall be Allowed to put up their individual Objections to the CDS Examination (I) 2019 Answers Solution within the Timeline Set for Submission.
The Union Public Service Commission will Upload on the Official Website the Provisional Answers Key Set-wise for the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2019.  The Candidates will be informed in respect of submission of their respective Contests / Challenges within the Timeline.  We would Display on our Website First Alert in concurrence with the UPSC notified Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2019 on the Results and Post-Result Communiqués on Indian Naval Academy / Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 146th (DE)  Indian Air Force / Officers’ Training Academy [Including SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course].
UPSC CDS 1 Expected Cut Off 2019 Download 
The Union Public Service Commission Notified Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2019 being held on the 3rd Date of February 2019 is aimed for   
Admission into Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy:

Date for the Examination
Name of the Test
No. of Objective-Type Multiple Choice Questions
Maximum Marks
Examination Duration

English (English Language)
Two (02) Hours

General Knowledge (Bilingual)
Two (02) Hours

Elementary Mathematics
Two (02) Hours

UPSC CDS 1 3rd Feb Question Paper With Answer Key 2019

Date for the Examination
Name of the Test
No. of Multiple Choice Questions of Objective Type  
Maximum Marks
Examination Duration

English (English Language)
Two (02) Hours

General Knowledge (Bilingual)
Two (02) Hours

We anticipate the Union Public Service Commission to Determine the Category-wise Minimum Qualifying Marks to be Obtained by the Candidates in the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2019 as Detailed here under:

Name Course
Written Examination Result
Final Result

Minimum Qualifying Marks in each subject
Minimum Aggregate Marks of the Last Qualified Candidate (Tentative)
Marks of the Last Recommended Candidates

Indian Military Academy
20 Marks (i.e., 20%)
Between 100 – 115

The Union Public Service Commission shall publish the Post Services Selection Board held Intelligence & Personality Test comprising various Stages based Performance including the Result for the Interview, the Marks of the Last Recommended Candidates for each Branch.

Indian Naval Academy
20 Marks (i.e., 20%)
Between 100 – 115

Air Force Academy
20 Marks (i.e., 20%)
Between 125 – 140

Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Male)
20 Marks (i.e., 20%)
Between 75 – 90

Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Female)
20 Marks (i.e., 20%)
Between 75 – 90


The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) shall Prepare an All India List of the Candidates, who Obtain the Minimum Qualifying Marks in the Optical Mark-up Recognition Based Written Examination as fixed by the Commission at their discretion. The Candidates, who are declared Successful in the OMR Based Written Test of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2019, will be Detailed in respect of the Intelligence and Personality Test (IPT) at the Service Selection Board based on their Preference by the respective Service Head Quarter.
UPSC Combined Defence Services (I) Examination 2019 Result:
The Union Public Service Commission will Announce in July 2019 the Result for the Combined Defence Services (I) Examination 2019.
SSB Intelligence & Personality Test (IPT) 2019: 
The Candidates Declared Successful in the Combined Defence Services (I) Examination 2019 shall be put to Undergo the Intelligence and Personality Test to be conducted by the Services Selection Board as follows:
The SSB Procedure consists of two stage Selection process- Stage I and Stage II. Only those candidates who have cleared the Stage-I, shall be permitted to appear for Stage II. The details are:

Stage I comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) Tests are Picture Perception *Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in QIR Test and PP and DT.
Stage II comprises Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over Four (04) days. The details of these tests are given on the Indian Army (Join Indian Army) Website.

Phase I
would comprise Intelligence Test, Picture Perception and Discussion Test

The Candidates declared QUALIFIED in Phase I shall be allowed to appear in Phase II.  The Candidates declared NOT QUALIFIED in Phase-I would be sent back.

Phase II
shall comprise Psychological Testing, Group Testing and Interview. The Test shall be held over Four (04) days.
The Successful Candidates shall be put to Medical Examination that would be held during 03 – 05 Days.

Selection Criteria:
The Candidates recommended by the Services Selection Boards (SSBs) and declared Medically Fit in the Medical Examination will be selected for Training in the Indian Naval Academy (INA) Ezhimala, Kerala based on the All India Merit (AIM) and on the number of the Vacancies. The All India Merit will be prepared as per the SSB awarded Marks.
Procedure for Selection:
The Services Selection Board Interview spanning 03 – 05 Days shall be conducted in 02 (Two) Stages; viz., Stage I Test consists of the Intelligence Test (IT), Picture Perception Test (PPT) and Group Discussion (GD). Candidates who fail to qualify in Stage I will be routed back on the same day. Stage II Test comprises Psychological Testing (PT), Group Testing (GT) and Personal Interview (PI), which shall last 04 Days. The Successful Candidates would, thereafter, be put to undergo Medical Examination (ME) (Approx. Duration 03 – 05 Days).
Union Public Service Commission Website:
The Ministry of Defence Join Indian Army Website: 
Wishing here the Best of Luck for the Candidates!
Log into the UPSC Website for Combined Defence Services (I) Examination 2019 Result.  

Two parents arrested for brawl after fourth-grade basketball game

Two parents of players on fourth-grade basketball teams were arrested for fighting after a basketball game on Jan. 19, according to WLWT.
Video shows a small group of parents inside the doorway after the game between two undefeated fourth-grade teams in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League, Mariemont and West Clermont.

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It appears two parents began pushing at each other and others began to intervene.
A kid who had been watching nearby jumped at one parent after she apparently threw something at a parent inside the tussle. The kid fell and, as he tried to get back into the group, was pushed to the outside by a group of other parents who appeared to be coming in to break up the fight.

#VIDEO of tonight’s story. #wlwt @wlwt
— Dan Griffin WLWT (@DanGriffinWLWT) January 29, 2019
The Fairfax Police Department told WLWT two parents, Aishia Peoples and Tasha Roland, were charged with disorderly conduct.
Peoples told WLWT that a West Clermont parent was being intimidating during the game.
The parents and athletes have been expelled from the league for the rest of the season, WLWT reported.

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Former New York HS football coach, special ed teacher charged with rape

WEBSTER, N.Y. — A former coach and special education teacher in the Webster Central School District in New York is facing rape charges.
The charges against Kali Watkins, 42, were announced Wednesday morning in a joint news conference with the Webster Police Department and Webster Central School District. Watkins is a former special education teacher and varsity football coach at Webster Schroeder High School (N.Y.).
Former Webster Shroeder football coach Kali Watkins. (Photo: Staff photo)
Watkins was indicted by a Monroe County grand jury on one count of first-degree rape and one count of second-degree rape, said Monroe County assistant district attorney Meredith Vacca.
Vacca said the first-degree charge relates to having engaged in sex by forcible compulsion, and the second-degree charge relates to engaging in sex with a female child less than 15 years old. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in 2016 and 2017, she said.
Officials would not say if the victim was a Webster student.
At the news conference Wednesday, Webster schools superintendent Carmen Gumina said internal concerns about Watkins’ conduct at Webster Schroeder were raised in November 2017, leading to a district investigation and Watkins being placed on  administrative leave. During that probe, Gumina said, “the district was informed of an unrelated criminal allegation,” which officials referred to the Webster Police Department. Watkins was fired by the district on Dec. 22, 2017.
Webster Police Chief Joseph Rieger said his agency’s investigation began immediately then and has been “ongoing ever since.”

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Watkins, who had been the Schroeder football coach for the previous eight seasons, started the 2017 season as coach of the Webster Schroeder girls varsity basketball team but was quickly replaced by veteran softball coach Meaghan Keil.
The Democrat and Chronicle reported in December 2017 that parents of girls basketball players were told in mid-November 2017 that Watkins was taking a leave of absence.
Watkins was named Monroe County Division I football Coach of the Year in 2017 but did not attend the banquet to receive his award. He is a former receiver and safety at the University of Buffalo and was a two-year captain for the Bulls and a 2014 inductee into the Section V Hall of Fame.
According to Monroe County Jail records, Watkins was being held without bail on a sealed indictment as of Wednesday morning.
Read more at the Democrat and Chronicle.
Includes reporting by D&C staff writer Justin Murphy.